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The Tomky Tool

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Does your dog have fleas? Knowing the answer to that question used to be important when learning to play the ukulele, but not anymore, thanks to the Ukulele Tool. It's one of four free tools for learning to play stringed instruments bundled together as the Tomky Tool. In addition to the Ukulele Tool, you get the Guitar Tool, the Banjo Tool, and the Mandolin Tool. Each tool is separate and runs independently of the others, yet all share the same interface and features. You'll need audio to use it.

The Tomky Tool has a single installer, but each tool has its own Start Menu entry and desktop icon. We started with the Banjo Tool, which opened with a compact interface that closely resembles a smartphone's touch screen in size and style. Large buttons access the program's main features: Chord Chart, Metronome, Music Player, and Tuner, with About and Quit buttons rounding out the interface. We opened the Chord Chart, which resembles the frets on a banjo's neck. The controls are simple: File, Play, and Alternate menus; Zoom and Rotate controls; and a Back button. Each string was labeled but unmarked; plucking the string displayed the string's tuning and played a note. Pressing Play played the chord. Under the File menu, we could select New Chord or New Scale or click Open to select a huge range of chords for that key from a drop-down list. Clicking Alternate changed the fingering. Lefties will appreciate the ability to flip the orientation with the Rotate button. The simple Metronome feature is easy to set. We'd like the ability to change the sound, though. The Tuner displays the banjo's five tuning pegs and plucks the string continuously when you hold down its button, making it easy to tune your instrument. A built-in Pitch tool plays a tuning-fork sound, too. The built-in Music Player is a nice extra and handy for playing and learning selections, thanks to its speed control.

The Mandolin Tool, Guitar Tool, and Ukulele Tool are basically identical to the Banjo tool, only optimized for each instrument. This string quartet of freeware is highly recommended.

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5 stars

"Helping Me Learn Chords"

October 20, 2011  |  By zbgolightly

2011-10-20 09:16:20  |  By zbgolightly

 |  Version: The Mandolin Tool 3.0.2


Free. Easy to install and use.


None for me.


Just a beginner, and this is helping me learn all the chords for guitar.

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5 stars

"Very convenient stringed instrument tool."

March 06, 2011  |  By bettenalan

2011-03-06 13:20:58  |  By bettenalan

 |  Version: The Mandolin Tool 2.9.9


Easy to use. Good sound.


Interface could be a bit more intuitive.


A valuable tool for string players.

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4 stars

"Handy tool for chords,tuning and metronome:all-in- one!"

February 08, 2011  |  By kocajak

2011-02-08 04:03:00  |  By kocajak

 |  Version: The Mandolin Tool 2.9


Great database for variation of chords and if not enough you can save your own favorite. Very practical tuner and metronome.


Some of the frequently needed functions are hidden in the main menu, can be improved by adding buttons to the background.


Cool program over all. Very useful both for beginners (especially the chords variations) and advanced players.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0.3
Version 3.0.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher TomkySoft
Publisher web site
Release Date April 22, 2012
Date Added April 23, 2012
Version 3.0.3
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, DirectX 9 library, Microsoft XNA 4.0 Framework
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File Size 1.97MB
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Total Downloads 27,734
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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